Yesterday evening I was invited to try out the yummy tapas at deli/restaurant and café-bar, Shill’s of Cockermouth (review to follow). I’m a massive foodie when it comes to anything deli-style – cheeses, cured meats, pâtés – they’re all top of my list when it comes to summer eating.
On leaving the restaurant, owner Nick Shill handed me one of those delightful brown paper bags you only get when you’ve bought something gastronomically tasty. It contained several slices of my favourite cured meat of all – Italian bresaola. So today I whipped up a gorgeous summer salad for lunch and pretended not to hear the Cumbrian wind howling outside, instead dreaming of olive groves and the sound of cicadas whilst tucking into a deliciously continental concoction of rocket with pickled beetroot, goats cheese (lightly cooked in the frying pan) and walnuts. Finished with a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and the pièce de la résistance – Shill’s wonderfully tasty Italian aged salted beef. Simply divine.
11 South Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RU
T 01900 826427 W shillsofcockermouth.co.uk